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Ok, maybe this is something common and I just don't understand. I bought some bananas that were still green the other day. Not only haven't they started to turn yellowish, but, they're already looking brownish/greenish. What gives? <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/huh.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":confused:">
 

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I've had that happen a few times. I don't know why it happens, but it drives me crazy!!<br><br><br><br>
Have you tasted one? Sometimes they taste ripe even though they look green.
 

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I tasted one a few days ago, wasn't ripe. I bought two bunches, and both are doing this!
 

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They "gas" bananas to ripen them fster, so all the sudden, ploop! They're ripe! Pop 'em in the fridge, the outide will get black, but the inside will be still tasty!
 

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I noticed that, too. I just thought it was the area we live in. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/sad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":(">
 

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Is it hot there, maybe the heat is causing them to freak out. I buoght a whole bunch of green bananas and they were brown within a week. I had to freeze them for smoothies, but they were also getting brown inside, so I don't know what to tell you.
 

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Well, I bought two bunches... one is in the fridge, the other hanging on my banana tree in the kitchen. They're both acting the same. WEIRD. I think I'm going to try one again tonight and see if they're any better.
 

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Keegan is right!<br><br><br><br>
Go organic if you don't want anyone to mess with your bananas.<br><br><br><br>
OTOH, if you want make bananas to ripen faster, put them in a brown paper bag with a few apples. The apples release the same gas that makes them ripen faster!<br><br><br><br><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/grin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":D">
 

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<div class="quote-block"><i>Originally posted by Keegan</i><br><br><b>They "gas" bananas to ripen them fster, so all the sudden, ploop! They're ripe! Pop 'em in the fridge, the outide will get black, but the inside will be still tasty!</b></div>
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I work in a grocery warehouse where they have several "gas chambers" for doing this. If they don't get it just right, it ruins the bananas. They say the gas is harmless to us. Ya, right. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/rolleyes.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":rolleyes:"> That's why they have to turn it off before entering the chambers, I guess.<br><br><br><br>
Definitely go organic if you can. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)">
 

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Everyone's right on about the organics, especially when it comes to bananas. I was skeptical about organics tasting better than "traditional" produce, but I'm convinced now. Organic produce simply tastes better, which makes it worth the extra cost. How many times have you spent $3 for four peaches that mainly sucked, but could have bought two or three peaches for the same price that were organic but tasted great? I finally decided after enough bad fruit that it's better to pay a bit more and get decent stuff.
 

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the bananas looked somewhat yellowish this morning... maybe by this afternoon they'll have ripened. If not, it's overnite in a bag w/ the apples.
 

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<div class="quote-block"><i>Originally posted by Quizeen</i><br><br><b>I was skeptical about organics tasting better than "traditional" produce, but I'm convinced now. Organic produce simply tastes better, which makes it worth the extra cost.</b></div>
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Hell yes. Tomatoes here (Aust.) used to be really nice - soft but firm enough to chop - and tasty and then about 15 years ago (?) they started to produce the artificially ripened ones that are always hard and tasteless. We eat hydro-tomatoes now - Mmmm so tasty and tomatoey.
 

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Although I agree that organics are generally better, I had a similar thing happen to some organic bananas I purchased recently. They were greenish when I bought them, days went by, probably a week even, and then they turned a sort of greenish brown. I finally opened one and it was very dry, harder than the ordinary banana. It was fairly sweet though, so I used them for smoothies. I thought it was very strange...
 

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<div class="quote-block"><i>Originally posted by thefragile77</i><br><br><b>We eat hydro-tomatoes now - Mmmm so tasty and tomatoey.</b></div>
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Do they really taste good or was this sarcasm? <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/tongue3.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":p"><br><br><br><br>
I'm very interested in hydro growing and just read an interesting article about the largest tomato producer (hydroponic) in New Zealand, Beekist. Good hydro growers should be able to produce very flavorful fruit...
 

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<div class="quote-block"><i>Originally posted by eggplant</i><br><br><b>Although I agree that organics are generally better, I had a similar thing happen to some organic bananas I purchased recently. They were greenish when I bought them, days went by, probably a week even, and then they turned a sort of greenish brown. I finally opened one and it was very dry, harder than the ordinary banana. It was fairly sweet though, so I used them for smoothies. I thought it was very strange...</b></div>
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They were harvested too soon. All banana we eat is harvested when green and it ripens during transport / storage. However, if they are harvested too soon, they don't ever turn yellow (or only very slowly and the "ripe" banana won't be satisfactory). Better produce shops will take back green bananas though personally I never bother.
 

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Leave it to a fruit lover to educate us all on the ripening of bananas <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/love.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":love:">
 

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<div class="quote-block"><i>Originally posted by Oatmeal</i><br><br><b>Do they really taste good or was this sarcasm? <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/tongue3.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":p"><br><br><br><br>
I'm very interested in hydro growing and just read an interesting article about the largest tomato producer (hydroponic) in New Zealand, Beekist. Good hydro growers should be able to produce very flavorful fruit...</b></div>
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Me sarcastic? Heehee<br><br>
No they are actually really nice. They are really RED not speckled with those tinywhite dots from sprays. The insides actually taste like something not just water (i.e. like forced plants). And the lfesh is generally really soft and rich. The skin is a bit different too - its not tough and thick, the skin actually comes away without the flesh.<br><br><br><br>
Try 'em Oatmeal you won't regret it. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/grin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":D">
 
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